Contacts with tobacco industry

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Dear colleagues,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please provide a list of any and all contact your organisation and/or staff have had with British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, Japan Tobacco International, Philip Morris International, as well as any other domestic or transnational tobacco companies or anyone representing the tobacco industry including subsidiaries of tobacco industry.

I would like this information for the period from 1 April 2021 to 20 February 2023.

Contact would primarily include attending or arranging meetings or functions, and responding to correspondence or phone calls.

Please break down the information by:
• Tobacco company or representative’s name
• Date of contact(s)
• Type of contact (meeting, email, letter, phone call, text/app message or video call, e-card or any other form of electronic communication)
• Place of contact, if relevant
• Purpose of contact
• Outcome of contact, including if no action taken

I request that the information be provided electronically. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under the Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or phone and I will be very happy to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request, my details are outlined below.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Raouf Alebshehy

FOI, Ordnance Survey Limited

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Dear Raouf Alebshehy,

                                                                                                        

Thank you for your email of 20/02/2023.

As your request was received by Ordnance Survey on 20/02/2023, we will
provide you with a response within 20 working days, as required by the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, therefore by 20/03/2023.

In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary for Ordnance Survey to
extend this date to consider a complex public interest argument if
engaging a qualified exemption.  In such cases we will notify you of the
revised date by which we would expect to provide a response.

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time, please quote the allocated reference number in your correspondence.

Thank you for your enquiry.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Elizabeth Cole

Freedom of Information Officer, Legal Services

 

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Dear Raouf,

Thank you for your email of 20 February 2023, requesting information from
Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
2000, as set out in the extract below:

 

“I am writing to make an open government request for all the information
to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Please provide a list of any and all contact your organisation and/or
staff have had with British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, Japan
Tobacco International, Philip Morris International, as well as any other
domestic or transnational tobacco companies or anyone representing the
tobacco industry including subsidiaries of tobacco industry.

 

I would like this information for the period from 1 April 2021 to 20
February 2023.

 

Contact would primarily include attending or arranging meetings or
functions, and responding to correspondence or phone calls.

 

Please break down the information by:

•       Tobacco company or representative’s name

•       Date of contact(s)

•       Type of contact (meeting, email, letter, phone call, text/app
message or video call, e-card or any other form of electronic
communication)

•       Place of contact, if relevant

•       Purpose of contact

•       Outcome of contact, including if no action taken

 

I request that the information be provided electronically. I would be
grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this
request.

 

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the
information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section
12, please provide advice and assistance, under the Section 16 obligations
of the Act, as to how I can refine my request.”

 

I confirm that Ordnance Survey does not hold the information you have
requested. 

 

 

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an internal review with our Internal Review Officer by contacting them,
within 40 working days of receipt of our final response to your FOI
request, as follows:

Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
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Southampton
SO16 0AS

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Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal
review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

• Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20
working days)
• Failed to tell you whether or not we hold the information
• Failed to provide the information you have requested
• Failed to explain the reasons for refusing a request
• Failed to correctly apply an exemption or exception

 

The Internal Review Officer will not have been involved in the
original decision. They will conduct an independent internal review and
will inform you of the outcome of the review normally within 20 working
days, but exceptionally within 40 working days, in line with the
Information Commissioner’s guidance. 

The Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision,
provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release
further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

 

Appeal to Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
If, following the outcome of the internal review you remain unhappy with
our response, you may raise an appeal, within three months of receiving
our response, with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Further information can be found on the ICO website (ico.org.uk) or you
may wish to call the ICO helpline on 0303 123 1113.

Thank you for your enquiry.

Kind regards,

 

 

Elizabeth Cole

Freedom of Information Officer, Legal Services

 

Adanac Drive, Southampton, United Kingdom, SO16 0AS

[2]www.os.uk | [3][Ordnance Survey Limited request email]

Follow us: [4]Twitter | [5]LinkedIn | [6]YouTube | [7]Instagram |
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Our values are: Think Customer | Thrive Together | Stay Ahead | Seize the
Moment

 

 

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recipient and may contain sensitive information. If you are not the
intended recipient, please immediately delete this email and inform the
sender.

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effective operation of our systems and for other lawful purposes. Subject
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this email until a written agreement containing all necessary terms is
executed between the relevant parties.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Ordnance Survey Limited (Company Registration number 09121572)
Registered Office: Explorer House
Adanac Drive
Southampton SO16 0AS
Tel: 03456 050505
[9]http://www.os.uk

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